Joy in Livingston County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Original Route
Mantle Rock Preserve
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Here, you leave the historic Trail of Tears original route. It turns to your right, across the creek onto private property, and continues to the Ohio River. The Cherokee crossed the river at Berry's Ferry, landing at Golconda. From there, they continued the remaining 490 miles west to Indian Territory.
Please respect the neighboring owners by not hiking on their land. The hiking trail (the blue trail) continues to your left, taking you to Mantle Rock. After your hike, you can drive to Berry's Ferry, the site where the Cherokee crossed the thawed Ohio River by boat.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Trail of Tears series list.
Location. 37° 21.783′ N, 88° 25.901′ W. Marker is in Joy, Kentucky, in Livingston County. Marker is on Lola Road (Kentucky Route 133) 0.3 miles north of Mantle Rock Road, on the leftTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smithland KY 42081, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Winter Camp (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Witness to History (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Changed Landscape (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mantle Rock (1/2 Mile) (approx. half a mile away); The Real Story of Mantle Rock (approx. half a mile away); McGilligan Creek (approx. 0.6 miles away); Protect / Transform / Inspire (approx. 0.6 miles away); They Passed This Way (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Joy.
More about this marker. The Mantle Rock Nature Preserve is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy, and contains a 2.75-mile walking trail. A portion of the trail follows an old road trace used by the Cherokee during the winter of 1838-1839. The National Park Service helped restore this portion of the trail by erecting interpretive exhibits along the old road trace.
Additional keywords. forced relocations; Trail of Tears
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.